Forty-five years ago, the night of Feb. 27, 1968, East Las Vegas Mayor Ben Lingnau and West Las Vegas Mayor Fidel “Chief” Gonzales, symbolically buried the hatchet which had divided the twin cities for almost a century. Joined by a crowd of hundreds, the two mayors stood at the very center of the bridge which separated East from West, as they celebrated the successful referendum of that momentous day, merging Old Town and New Town, and establishing one unified Las Vegas.
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